Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve written lots of books over the years but never had the courage basically, to publish them. So I took the step in 2019 to publish my first book and now I’m off and running! My first book came out December 2019 and my next comes out the 1st of February. Then I have two more planned for the 1st of April and the 1st of June! After that, it’s a case of watch this space! But I’ve written so many it’s a pleasure to see them being published.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The latest book is Oakwood Manor. I’ve toyed with what happens when someone dies before their time. This book is about Daniel Harrington who was murdered in 1715. He has chased every heir from his home Oakwood Manor and doesn’t intend to share it. Then Sabine comes along and upsets his well-ordered life. She’s as stubborn as he is and just as able to play pranks on him as he does her. The smurf scene is inspired! The questions that arise are many, do they solve his death? What happened to his friends? Where is his beloved sister?
Do they solve them or not? You’ll have to read to find out!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have to have a bottle of diet cherry/raspberry Pepsi to my right. I also need to snuggle up under a quilt when I write, even in the summer, I use a blanket. It’s good I use an oversized armchair to write from!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
So many authors to name, Raymond Feist, Terry Brookes, Terry Goodkind, Kristen Ashley, Anne Rice, HY Hanna, Karen Marie Moning, Enid Blyton, Jane Austin, the list could go on for ages. I adore anything by these authors. The box isn’t big enough to get all the authors and books down I love!
What are you working on now?
I’m currently editing Oakwood Manor and The Rage of Reading. Then I’m starting the second book, called Courtenay House.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Goodreads and Amazon. Amazon Kindle Unlimited has really brought in readers for me. Also, my website is getting a lot of hits, which is nice.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. Don’t let criticism get you down and believe in yourself. If all you can do is think of the story that bugs you until you get it down, then write it. Write for yourself not others. The song from the Greatest Showman, This is Me, inspired me to publish. I’m saying to the world, loud and proud, This is me! Seek help and advice if you need it, but dream it and then make that dream come true.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Believe in yourself, because when everyone wants to tear you down, you’ll stand strong and shine your light.
What are you reading now?
White Lillies by Samantha Christy
What’s next for you as a writer?
Concentrating on writing books and editing them and making sure I’m writing what I wish to be. Finishing off the Rage MC series and the Love Beyond Death series before moving on to my next. I have itchy fingers and so many stories to tell.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That’s a hard one, but there is a book I remember from my childhood called The Ordinary Princess. I loved that. I read it when I was about eight, and have never forgotten it.